[Guide] Windows 7 Embedded Activation After Installation

Discussion in 'Windows Embedded' started by Kronz, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Kronz

    Kronz MDL Novice

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    #1 Kronz, Jul 19, 2012
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    I decided to try Windows Embedded under a VM Virtual Machine and the first thing I noticed was that it was less than willing to activate with the usual tools and was greeted with a friendly warning that Windows Embedded must be reinstalled fully if I wish to activate it.

    Here is what I did instead.

    1. Got the eZ-Activator from another thread, although the Easy Activation doesn't seem to work.
    2. Used a key from this thread here h__p:// forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/28555-Windows-Embedded-Standard-7-keys
    3. Entered the key under the "Custom Key" section in the Toolkit, clicked Install. Install was a success.
    4. Now I went back to the Activation tab and clicked "Activate". Operation was a success.

    I am not sure if it was relevant, but Windows seemed to be unable to activate without slui.exe, which was missing and another one of its libraries, which I took from another version of Windows I had and pasted them there.

    Here are screenshots attached of the successful activation.

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    Here are the files needed for a 32bit Windows 7 Embedded to activate properly.
    h__p: //datafilehost.com/download-aade5da1.html

    Please do note you can not use the links in System Properties to Activate or Change Product key. You need to use the Toolkit, instead.

    I dealt with the reboots every 20m by scheduling a task with Windows Task Scheduler to execute shutdown.exe -a
    to prevent the Windows scheduled shutdown from executing

    Hope this helps someone.
     
  2. 100

    100 MDL Expert

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    It doesn't need an "activator" or even "activating". You enter the key (slmgr.vbs -ipk) and it's done. Removing the WLMS package will get rid of the reboots.
    Still, I can imagine it might be detected and cause issues later on, so of course the clean way of doing it is installing with a non-eval key.
     
  3. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Kronz, appreciate your effort, but as per 100 reply, it is completely pointless and bound to confuse somebody instead of helping!
     
  4. Jacoub

    Jacoub MDL Junior Member

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    just use keys optained from point 2 while intalling Windows Embedded Standard 7 & you don't need to activate anything or remove anything. Even Microsoft stated it is static activation. I do appreciate your efforts.
     
  5. jinxt

    jinxt MDL Novice

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    Kronz' post is confusing, but it is actually also helpful. Kronz is referring to the problems encountered when attempting to use/activate an "evaluation" copy of WES7. I can confirm that his instructions (once deciphered :) do actually yield a successfully activated status on the evaluation copy of this OS (keys cant normally be used on eval)